Post by vondrinkoften on Jul 23, 2016 22:49:26 GMT
The large "spotlight" is authentic and a peculiarity of the "A3?" variant that Tamiya depicts with the model.
Remember that this tank was designed and developed in the early 1950's... well before infra-red and laser targeting systems were properly developed.
"Developed from the M47 "General Patton" tank, the M48 was the mainstay of the US Army and Marines in Vietnam. Some 11,703 M48s were built between 1952 and 1959. Originally they had 90mm guns, but upon moficiation to the M48A5 standard they were given the British 105mm. The M48 was withdrawn from American service in favor of the M60, a further development of the M48, but the M48 Patton remains in service in a number of armies around the world.
The M48-A2C featured a gasoline engine which was very prone to fire. This model was replaced in 1968 by the M48-A3 powered by a diesel unit. In the 1970's development of the AVDS 1790 2C/2D series of engines, rated at 750 Horsepower, were utilized in the M60A3, Retrofited AMX-30 Tank, Modernized Centurion Tank, M88A1, Retrofited M47, and Modernized M48A5 Tank. In the 1980's the AVDS 1790 Red Seal Engines, rated at 750 Horsepower were used on the Upgraded M48A5 and the Upgraded M60A3 Tanks. In the 1990'S, the AVDS Gold Medallion Engine, producing 750 Horsepower was produced and used in the upgraded M48A5 Tank.
The M48 vehicle is separated into three compartments: the driver's compartment, the fighting compartment where the Gunner, Loader, and Tank Commander [TC] fought, and the engine compartment. Above the main gun was a 1 million candle-power Xenon searchlight. This light had both a white light and an infrared mode. It was boresighted with the main gun and gunsights so that it could be used to illuminate a target at night."
I can't see that the spot light would be particularly effective in a Jungle environment, but can definitely see this thing parked up at a base and sweeping the perimeter with that powerful search light to hi-light targets for it's secondary armament.
This kit was an experiment for me to try and replicate mud build-up upon the running gear and suspension.
I'm not an expert on military vehicles etc, but try to model something that's aesthetically pleasing... I just hope that I pulled it off
Not sure yet what I'm going to build next.
Something British from the WW2 desert?.... or Russian (always interesting) maybe even present day Italian or Japanese?
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Still learning... and practising a lot.